Wagga dancers celebrate their ninetieth and ninety-fifth birthdays by dancing

Ninety-five-year-old Horis Jenkins enjoys a dance with his daughter Sue Benfell at the Glenfield Park Scout Hall. Mr Jenkins has been dancing for more than 60 years and has no plans to hang up the boots. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
Ninety-five-year-old Horis Jenkins enjoys a dance with his daughter Sue Benfell at the Glenfield Park Scout Hall. Mr Jenkins has been dancing for more than 60 years and has no plans to hang up the boots. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Two Wagga nonagenarians have made a song and dance of their milestone birthdays.

Ninety-five-year-old Horis Jenkins and 90-year-old Jack Pendrick have been dancing since before World War II and credit the hobby to their long lives.

“I’ve been dancing since I was 12 and I can still dance all day and all night,” Mr Pendrick said.

“Dancing is the reason I’m as well as I am; I don’t drink nor smoke, I just dance.”

Mr Pendrick joins the Young at Heart dance club for a knees-up twice a week on average and says the comradery eased the pain of losing his wife in 1992.

The dance group’s elder statesman, Mr Jenkins, still harbours fond memories of dancing with young English ladies during his deployment with the Royal Australian Air Force as a 22-year-old in 1943.

The retired crop farmer once taught dancing and jointly founded the Young at Heart club, formerly known as the Recycled Teenagers. 

The group meets at the Glenfield Park Scout Hall every Wednesday between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.